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Cicely J. Cottrell Appointed as a Congressional Intern for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary

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Cicely J. Cottrell is a congressional intern with the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary in the office of Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) for spring 2016. She is one of four individuals to receive this prestigious appointment.

Cicely will soon become a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Howard University, specializing in criminology. As a congressional intern, she will be researching, writing, and advising criminal justice and civil rights legislation.

Cicely previously served as the vice president of the Graduate Student Council from 2013-2015, and has been a graduate assistant in the Office of the Associate Provost of Graduate Studies since spring 2013. Born and raised in Harlan, KY, she earned a Master of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Louisville, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Western Kentucky University.

Cicely is interested in discriminatory policies and practices in the criminal justice system ranging from pre-arrest to post-release. Her vision is that criminal justice policies that permanently lock African Americans from mainstream society and economy will be eliminated, arguing that "we have a moral obligation to right the wrongs of the American government." Her dissertation research examines how general strain theory can explain racial differences in the relationship between school exclusion and self-reported delinquency among adolescent girls.

Cicely will also earn a certificate in Women's Studies upon completion of the doctoral degree. Cicely is a member of various organizations, including the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Criminology, American Sociological Association, District of Columbia Sociological Association, Golden Key International Honor Society, National Black Graduate Student Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Cicely states she hopes that her character and life's work will "be judged ... by how she treats the poor, condemned, and incarcerated."

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